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General Chat Thread, Laptops for Teachers in General; Hello everyone, Does any schools here provide individual laptops to all their teachers? We're trying to cut down on costs ...
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    Laptops for Teachers

    Hello everyone,

    Does any schools here provide individual laptops to all their teachers? We're trying to cut down on costs and this question has popped up. Could you please provide feedback.

    Thank you.

    Kindest regards,
    Paul

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    Yes we do, what do you want to know?

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    If you search the site, there are several threads that might be of interest.
    Here's one : Teachers and Laptops

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    When you say 'keep', do you mean for the time they're with the school?

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    All teachers and TA staff get a laptop here, while they're here.

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    "Does your school provide (free of charge) laptops to each individual teacher to keep?"
    To keep? They have a laptop as long as they are employed by the school but obviously give them back when they leave or go on maternity leave or something.

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    Hello,

    Our teachers have laptops they take home and in some cases never to be seen again. They have a brand new staff resource room, with enough desktops for everyone and all classes have brand new computers. So my question is why will they also need a personal laptop (which belongs to the school) to be used at home? I understand if they need to do some work at home, they can use a laptop from ICT for some days and then give it back. Am I thinking this wrong?

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibson335 View Post
    All teachers and TA staff get a laptop here, while they're here.
    WOW, your school must have a gigantic ICT budget!!

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    That sound like a practical idea but teachers are never that practical, the teachers where I work only have laptops if they are middle management up. Most departments use their budget to buy them if they have a teacher that really needs one.

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    If they have a computer in each classroom, and computers available for use in other staff areas, they don't need a laptop.

    Laptops cost more for the equivalent spec, die sooner even if cared for like a first-born (heat, battery), are ergonomically worse and harder to keep track of. Most people then also treat them fairly roughly, letting kids loose, destroying power bricks (how people manage this so consistently I don't know) and generally seeing them as personal kit not school kit.

    Yes, staff are required to do some work on computers at home these days. So am I, and I don't get bought a laptop. Near everyone has a computer at home now anyway.

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    Everyone had one here. We got rid of them in favour of a better remote access solution.

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    I've been through the process of removing Laptops at my last place, it came as a strategic move from SLT (of which we were pushing). We put the stats in front of SLT comparing cost and effectiveness and in the end removed all laptops from teachers (and students) and moved to having fixed desktops and areas of staff to work in within the building (staff resource area). Teachers then complained this room wasn't enough so we put the stats in front of them showing that in a room with 15 pcs for them the only 3 times they were all used was during staff training

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    My current school does not do this but take it from me through past experience, it is not worth. They are easily damaged yet treated poorly, they are intended for work but used for all sorts of virus-laden activities at home and they are a total pain in the rear to keep maintained since they can go years without seeing the network, bringing in the dirt from home when they do.

    Add to that the costs of emergency maintenance, initial outlay and your own sanity as staff (not just teachers, staff!) come in with a very possessive attitude about "their" laptop and you will see why a computer in every classroom is more effective!

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    Small primary: 10 teachers. We provide all teachers with a laptop for use whilst they are with us. When they leave it is returned. The laptop has secure logon and network file synchronisation to ensure that all sensitive data is protected should the laptop be stolen. For this reason we do not allow teachers to use their own laptop, hence we must provide one. They also have an encrypted memory stick and are told not to use their own for reports etc.

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    Nope, staff do not get a laptop by default, in some cases the odd one may be given out.

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